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Millions to be poured into potholes

Tackling potholes in Devon Credit: ITV News

£847m will be spent repairing the South West's local roads and their potholes over the next six years.

That's according to the Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, who is making the announcement today. The money would be enough to mend 2.7m potholes across the region.

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Fuel tanker crash causes delays for Exeter holidaymakers

A fuel tanker upturned on the A38 in Exeter Credit: Andy Styles

A road closure in Devon led to several Christmas holiday makers missing their flights from Exeter Airport.

The A38 in Devon was closed for several hours this morning after a fuel tanker crashed off the road and down the embankment.

The Exeter bound carriageway was closed at around 7:30am between Buckfastleigh and Ashburton while emergency services dealt with the accident, causing long delays for travellers.

A372 in Somerset re-opens after flood protection works

The Somerset Levels were badly flooded last winter. Credit: ITV News

A main road in Somerset which has been closed for 11 weeks for flood protection works re-opens this morning.

The A372 at Beer Wall was flooded for several weeks last winter. Somerset County Council is confident the works will keep the road open if there is a repeat of those conditions.

There are more works to come next spring, when four new culverts will be installed as part of the 20 Year Flood Action Plan.

Doubts over funding for West rail investments

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has cast doubt on the scale of investment in the South West's railways after admitting just £40 million has been promised - despite calls for a £7 billion package.

The Secretary of State said he wanted to invest in "resilience" in the region's tracks after the collapse of the line at Dawlish last winter.

The damaged line at Dawlish, winter 2014. Credit: PA

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Exeter airport to host flights to top summer holiday destinations

Flybe says flights to Alicante, Faro, Malaga and Palma will return in March. Credit: Flybe

Business in the region has received a major boost with the news that Exeter Airport is to host flights to some of the biggest continental holiday destinations. It follows a change of heart by airline Flybe which had previously axed the routes.

The decision means holidaymakers will be able to fly directly from the West Country to the Mediterranean.

Flights to and from Alicante, Faro, Malaga and Palma were going to be scrapped - but the airline now says they'll be back in March.

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